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Good News for September 22nd

September 24th is the Feast of Our Lady of Mercy. Our school and parish were blessed with the presence of the Sisters of Mercy for many decades and are still blessed by many Associates of the Sisters of Mercy who keep the charism alive at Saint Raymond, especially through their works of mercy. We will celebrate the Feast at Mass with our School Students Friday at 9 am. You ate are welcome to join us in Church!


ATTENTION MEN: ATTEND THIS ON-LINE BIBLE CONFERENCE!!! This event was held in Philadelphia a few years ago and those who attended enjoyed it a great deal. This year it is virtual. Not the best but it can be a real blessing for you! Perhaps we could gather some men at the Parish and watch it? More information HERE. If you might like to attend, email The Parish will pay if you wish to attend (through the generosity of the Martin de Porres Foundation)!

JOIN US THIS SATURDAY.... Join us for laughter, fellowship, and a chance to be with the Church Family. All are welcome as we sit together and share life on Saturday, September 25th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm (a previous message said it ended at 9:30 pm - sorry for the confusion). The event is BYOE (bring your own everything - a chair, food, drink, games). God delights when His people gather in love and peace! Can you join us? Please complete THIS FORM so that we know who to expect! If you would like to help put the party together, please email

The Women's Conference is BACK (but in a different way). Join women of faith from across the region for a day of prayer and fellowship on Saturday, October 23rd. Women will gather for a Communion Service at 8 am in Church, followed by a Light Breakfast in our School Hall. From 9 am to Noon you will watch videoed talks and have a lively conversations with other women in our School Hall and then have lunch! At 1 pm you will board a bus (or drive on your own) to The Shrine of our Lady of Czestohowa for a Holy Hour and live talk (as well as a chance to visit a great gift shop) and then return around 5 pm. Interested? Want to learn more? Contact or to reserve your spot (space is limited to 26 people on the bus; others will need to drive on their own).

  • There is an INFORMATION SESSION for men who may feel called to serve the Church as a Deacon. Our parish would be blessed by additional men stepping into this essential role of service. Could it be YOU or someone YOU know? Please share the information.

  • Have you heard of the apparition of Our Lady of LaSallette? Mary appeared 175 years ago and cried! Read about it.

  • While Afghanistan and Haiti rightly make the headlines these days, sadly there is conflict in many places. Read about current challenges in Cameroon (the home nation of a few members of our Church).

  • The Archdiocese provides news on the local, national and international Church through its website CatholicPhilly. You can sign up to receive a weekly email from them as well. Stay informed!

  • The Archdiocese sponsors an Annual Mass celebrating the diverse African Communities that call Philadelphia home. Our parish is blessed with many members from the Mother Continent. Consider worshipping with them at the Cathedral on Sunday, October 190th at 2 pm. Learn more about the event with this flyer:

AFHM Flyer (1)
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We are now using our new data system called Church Community Builder. Please watch this message from Fr. Chris and use the instructions below to take the next steps in using this wonderful new system. As always, if you have questions, contact Brandi at

Setting Up Your Church Builder
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Have you received the Sacrament of Confirmation? Something this sacrament is "missed" for various reasons. Please contact Father Chris at so you can be prepared to receive the Sacrament with others at the Cathedral this November. This is for teens, young adults, and not-so-young adults! Come Holy Spirit!

THE STUDY STARTS TONIGHT!!! Join us for our next Bible Study Series as we study a portion of the 150 Psalms - prayers used by our ancestors and Jesus Himself As we face all the challenges of this time, let us imitate the holy women and men of old as we are nourished by God's Word! Sessions are in-person or virtual, Wednesday evenings (Teaching from 7 pm to 8 pm and Discussion from 8 pm to 8;30 pm), September 22 to October 27. Please sign up today! LEARN HOW TO JOIN HERE

Join the conversation this Sunday (the Eagles are not playing)...let your voice be heard!

Faith without works is dead! You do not want a faith that is dead, do you? Last Friday a wonderful group from St. Raymond served lunch at Women of Hope. Have you thought about how you might serve others? The goal is two hours a week but you can start with two hours a month! Here are some possibilities:

Opportunities to Serve at St. Raymond
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Join the Sisters of Life on our Campus to learn how to support women and men facing an unplanned pregnancy! Registration Begins: 8:30 am Training: 9:00 am-4:00 pm at St. Raymond of Penafort School (7940 Williams Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19150). Training Includes:

  • Understanding the heart of a vulnerable pregnant woman

  • Communication skills and reflective listening

  • How to use your talents at the service of life

  • Mass and Lunch included

Kindly R.S.V.P. by September 25th

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